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Crooked Stick is primed for the Men's Senior OpenRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Bill Benner
The media and other hackers gathered at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel recently to hear about plans for the upcoming U.S. Men's Senior Open, then tested their limited skills on the golf course.
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CIB drama goes from bad to worseRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
I am truly disgusted after reading the latest in the perennial saga of the CIB.
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CIB executive director out-earns governor, mayor combinedRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Barney Levengood, executive director of the financially-struggling Capital Improvement Board, is one of the state's highest-paid public employees, and some wonder if his pay should be cut.
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If Pacers left, would these kids get help they need?Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Bill Benner
Combined forcesâ??the gifts of time, treasure and inspiration from the athlete in concert with the programming, dedication and outreach of community leadersâ??can change the direction of young lives.
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Velodrome plans in limboRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
While the Marian College cycling team has been off this month hunting national championships in Colorado, a plan by school officials to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks.
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Stop funding CIBRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Well-intentioned or not, competent or not, the so-called "leaders" [sports columnist Bill Benner] referenced in your [May 4] column failed miserably in representing the best interests of taxpayers and instead presided over an unconscionable transfer of wealth from "We the people" to a small number of professional sports owners and players.
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Crean focus of NFL Films documentary to air this fallRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean—and his connection to the Harbaugh family—will be the focus of a documentary produced by NFL Films.
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Here is a sustainable plan for the CIBRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Brian Williams
A vibrant Indianapolis powers a dynamic Indiana and the governor, the mayor and the members of the General Assembly should all recognize that.
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City built on leadership, cooperation is in dangerRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Bill Benner
No matter how the Capital Improvement Board funding mess plays out, we're left with resentment coming from all directions and an unprecedented splintering of the long-standing bipartisan cooperation that helped propel our city forward.
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F1 team picks Charlotte for new headquartersRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Scott Olson
A decision by a startup Formula One team to set up shop in Charlotte, N.C., is fueling debate over whether Indianapolis still is the self-proclaimed "motorsports capital of the world."
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George gives IRL four years to break even ... or elseRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League founder Tony George dropped a bombshell in December when he told an industry group that he would shut down the open-wheel series if it didn't break into the black soon.
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Will local paper keep covering your favorite team?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bill Benner
As a (former full-time) ink-stained wretch, witnessing the demise of the daily newspaper is heartbreaking. I can't imagine a day without the "morning miracle" in my hands over a cup of coffee.
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IRL sees progress in TV ratingsRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
The Grand Prix at Long Beach April 19 scored a 0.5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That's the same rating the race earned last year on ESPN 2 when it was the swan song for CART.
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Westfield mayor hopes $60M stadium project will transform cityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook is proposing a $60 million youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities and sports fields with the goal of establishing the Hamilton County community as the "Family Sports Capital of America."
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New motorsports trade show takes aim at departed PRIRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Still stinging from the city's loss of the giant Performance Racing Industry trade show in 2004, a group of local motorsports business advocates is racing to put on a competing event.
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Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.
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CIB's deficit is a state problem, not a local oneRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Casting the CIB's deficit as an Indianapolis problem is simplistic and inaccurate because it overlooks the millions of dollars in state tax revenue generated by those venues and an endless list of vendors that do business with them.
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No playoffs, but plenty of positives for PacersRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Bill Benner
Without question, the Pacers' road back to contending status remains decidedly uphill, but they have the talents of Danny Granger and other strong players and have worked hard to gain community support.
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50-year employee leaves IMSRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill York, who has worked in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room since 1958, is no longer with the Brickyard.
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Colts, Pacers or Indians ticket stumbles would trip up Kenley planRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler, Anthony Schoettle

Sen. Luke Kenley's CIB bailout plan counts on the Indianapolis Colts to keep up their sellout streak, and assumes the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Indians will maintain at least their current popularity.

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Recession slices into golf business; courses roll out promotionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana golf course operators are nervous about how the recession might lead to fewer golfers and lost revenue.
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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Detroit reminds us not to squander what we haveRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill Benner
My prevailing thoughts upon returning from Detroit were how fortunate Indianapolis is when it comes to hosting these kinds of events, and how a thriving downtown is essential to (A) success of the region and (B) national perception.
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Lucas Oil Stadium hosted basketball beautifullyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Bill Benner

Congratulations to Lucas Oil Stadium Director Mike Fox, assistant Andy Arnold and the amazing crew at the stadium for transforming the venue into an intimate, 40,000-seat basketball venue for the NCAA's Midwest Regional.

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IRL signs major new sponsorsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
In the last week of March, IRL officials put the finishing touches on four sponsorship deals.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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